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Moving Forward

Moving Forward published on 15 Comments on Moving Forward

*My thanks to the PPA design team for choosing this as a Pals Paper Artist Pick!*

I debated many names for this post but it seems that the name of the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp says it all!  For so many, the battle with a child’s health issue is all about looking to the future — future research, future good health, future dreams!  Ronald McDonald House Charities supports the families so that they can support the sick/hospitalized child.  I am incredibly proud to be part of a company that supports this amazing charity.  Stampin’ Up gives proceeds from a designated stamp every year and has so far donated over $1 million.  During Convention this year, Stampin’ Up gave every demonstrator there a free copy of this stamp.  I knew then and there that I wanted to do something amazing to pay this gift forward…but what??!!

I have been following the progress of a local Warrenton girl, Sydney Davies, who is strong and amazing.  Her big brother Tyler was an assistant coach for my oldest son’s soccer team this year and I became familiar with this remarkable family.  Sydney was diagnosed just over one year ago with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and has been in the hospital almost every day since.  She is working very hard to be strong enough for a bone marrow transplant.  Her family recently went up to the Minnesota Children’s Hospital in hopes that she would get her transplant.  Sadly, it was not to be and she needs a higher white blood cell count for this to be possible.  So she has come home to Virginia.  I read in her latest Caring Bridge update that the doctors feel she is doing well enough to spend some time with family and friends, leaving the safety of the hospital.  In her mother’s words, they are taking “baby steps” and moving over to a Ronald McDonald House in Fairfax.  Sydney is in need of a miracle and for now RMHC is helping her and her family to continue to fight for that miracle.

I knew immediately what I wanted to do.  So I am running a “stamp drive”!!  I want to sell as many Moving Forward stamp sets as possible so that the profits go to this amazing charity.  Please let me be clear.  I am NOT looking to profit on this.  In order for that to happen I will donate any and all commissions from the sales of this stamp to Sydney’s Children’s Cancer Research Fund.  Additionally, if the orders made directly through me add up to a workshop ($150) then I will randomly select one of those who ordered as the hostess.  You can order this stamp via my DBWS (click on the Shop Online airplane on the sidebar) or through me directly.  I prefer the second method so that I can give someone a great hostess benefit but I will celebrate the sale either way.  You can comment on this post, leaving your e-mail, and I will get back to you or you can email me directly at  I’d like to run this stamp drive for one week so please contact me or order as soon as possible (but no later than August 1st).  If you don’t feel the need for this set and still want to help, I would love it if you donated directly to Sydney’s fund at the link above!!

Of course the card above uses this fun set.  How sweet is this little tricycle?  I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to color it in Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade and Basic Gray.  Then I added some Pumpkin Pie flowers from the set for the basket.  I stamped a second basket and cut it out for some dimension.  The prints are from Summer Smooches DSP and I added some of the new 1/4″ Stitched Grograin Ribbon in Rich Razzleberry across the middle.  Some Bright Buttons finished off this fun sketch from Pals Paper Arts.

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I look forward to ordering a lot of Moving Forward stamps for this great cause and sending this little card to the Davies family with our donation!






Jen, what a wonderful idea this is, with a wonderful card to match! Having just lost my little cousin to leukemia in April, I can appreciate what the family is going through. Ronald McDonald House was a godsend during the years of treatment, and I applaud you for supporting this wonderful charity!

This is a lovely card ~ I am already a Stampin Up demonstrator, so instead went to the link for the research fund and donated. My son is eight years old today, and I realize how fortunate I am to have a healthy son. The donation hopefully will help her to have another birthday also. Thank you for raising money for this very worthy cause!

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